Sun Valley Museum of Art (SVMoA) announces the lecture “Upcycled Cocktails and Clotheskeeping: How and Why to Take Good Care of Your Clothes, an evening talk and gathering led by Jeanna Wigger, a local textile artist and sustainable fashion enthusiast. The lecture will be held Thursday, April 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Museum in Ketchum. Space is limited.
Did you know that synthetic clothing is one of the top contributors of microplastic pollution in the world? Or that electric dryers use the most energy of all household appliances? Or that the total amount of greenhouse gases produced annually by the textile industry exceeds that of all international flights and shipping combined?
Sustainable fashion starts in our own closets, and Jeanna Wigger’s lecture will explain how and why proper care of our clothing will make it last and reduce its environmental impact. Discussion will include the environmental impact of different kinds of textiles; the social issues related to clothing production; how to remove stains and odors from clothing with the least impact on the garment and the environment; and just what, exactly, are acrylic and TENCEL textiles.
Jeanna Wigger has been working with and repurposing textiles for over 30 years, beginning with an upcycled denim bag she made for a first-grade environmental project. Her textile experience ranges from quilting, knitting and garment sewing to embroidery and needle felting. In 2017, she started Sage Woolens, a creative business with a mission of mending vintage wool clothing and making useful products, including bags and home décor, from discarded wool textiles. She loves combining her passions for teaching, history and sewing in hands-on workshops and educational events to empower others to make sustainable, creative changes in their own lives.
“Jeanna is full of knowledge on clothing and the textile industry,” said Jeanne Knott, Visual Arts Class Assistant at SVMoA. “Her lecture will inform us and inspire us to take a closer look at what we wear, how we take care of it and the environmental impacts of the clothes we choose.”
In the interest of community health and safety, SVMoA is adhering to CDC guidelines and the Governor of Idaho’s orders as it invites people back to its museum, classes and programs. Museum visitors and class participants should wear face masks and abide by social distancing recommendations. Anyone who feels ill or lives with someone who is ill should stay at home. Also, SVMoA is limiting the number of participants in its museum and programs to assist with safe social distancing.
Registration for the lecture “Upcycled Cocktails and Clotheskeeping” with Jeanna Wigger is $10 for SVMoA members and $12 for nonmembers. For more information and to reserve a space at the lecture (limited spaces), please visit svmoa.org or call 208.726.9491.